About 6th Ramsgate Sea Scout Group
Our Group is one of three Sea Scout Groups in Thanet and we are very proud of the fact that we are Admiralty Recognised – one of only 101 Sea Scout Groups in the country to achieve this recognition. Scroll down to read more about the RN system and the benefits we enjoy as a Group.
Our group comprises three sections:
Beavers (for age 6 - 8 years)
Cubs (for age 8 - 10½ years)
Scouts (for age 10½ - 14½ years)
For children who want to continue their Scouting beyond the age of 14½ there are District run Explorer Units.
Membership for all sections is open to both boys and girls.
All our sections meet in the same place, at our Head Quarters on the Second Floor above the Sailor’s Church at Ramsgate Harbour.
6th Ramsgate Sea Scout Group is a charity registered in England under registration number 1075216.
History of 6th Ramsgate Sea Scouts
The group was first formed in the 1930’s, one of the Ramsgate Sea Scouts even served on the little ship “Sundowner” during the evacuation of Dunkirk. The group was reformed as 6th Ramsgate in the 1950’s and has been recognised by the Royal Navy (RN) since the 1960’s.
Sea Scouting in the U.K. began in 1908, one year after the establishment of Scouting itself. During World War I Sea Scouts performed duties as coastal lookouts and messengers and, in recognition of these deeds, were formally recognised by the Admiralty Board in 1919, this allowed them access to Naval equipment and facilities whilst still remaining independent of any Naval control.
During World War II the scheme was converted so that Sea Scout groups who show themselves able to reach certain levels of proficiency could apply for stores and grants to help train young men in basic seamanship before entering military service.
The scheme has been running since then, overseen by Second Sea Lord / Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command and regulated by a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Scout Association.
Recognised Sea Scout groups were each given a recognition number which affiliated them with the RN. Position 101 was agreed to always be given to Gibraltar Sea Scouts as their war effort vastly exceeded any other.
A maximum of 105 Sea Scout groups are RN recognised. To gain this recognition, a group must meet a set of standards. RN recognised Groups/Units will have a review every two years, to assess whether they have maintained standards and are worthy of retaining their recognition.
The RN Scheme (Royal Navy)
We are 6th Ramsgate Royal Harbour Sea Scouts, RN67. This means that we are recognised by the Royal Navy officially as one of a maximum of 105 Sea Scout Groups in the UK.
The RN Scheme allows us many valuable benefits (listed below).
HMS Bristol, once the flag ship of the Falklands War, now permanently berthed at Whale Island in Portsmouth as an accommodation vessel of the RN Sailing Centre.
For one week during the May/June half term approximately 250-300 sea scouts, explorer helpers and leaders from all over the country move in to HMS Bristol.
The sailing centre is used to organise kayaking, sailing power boating, day trips and many other activities. Everything is organised and run by the leaders who attend. Throughout the week, the scouts live as naval personnel in mess decks, marching to breakfast and following the watch timetables. It is a fantastic experience and is available to any RN Sea Scout over the age of 12.
Since the success of the summer camp we now also have Soccer Sixes held at HMS Bristol in September, Explorer Camp on HMS Bristol in October and the swimming gala held at HMS Raleigh in January, as well as access to leader training weekends.
The scouts have built up a fantastic relationship with the RN through these events and we are now also being offered places on CCF events as well, such as boat tours, aircraft training and open days.
As a RN accredited Sea Scout Group, we enjoy the following benefits:
Flying the Flag
Flying the defaced red ensign at Scout meetings (we fly both this and the Union Jack flag to simulate each end of a ship).
We have the Royal Naval pennant flying in our Headquarters.
RN Recognition Badge
All members of our Scout Group are issue with the RN recognition badge to wear proudly on their scout uniform.
RN Match funding
We have access to apply for RN match funding to help purchase training and equipment.
Access to the RN stores to purchase discounted uniforms such as our Sea Scout hats.
RN Training Vessels
We have the great benefit of access to certain RN vessels for training and summer camps. Many of our Scouts aged over 12 attend summer camp at HMS Bristol.
The Ramsgate Small Boat Owners Association kindly donates the use of their mooring for our boats as well as the use of their boating area in the outer Harbour. In return all Scouts become associate members of the group. This does not cost anything and is done under the care of 6th Ramsgate Sea Scouts.